Eveminet 10 Ways To Stop Cyber Bullying In Kenya Blog Post

10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

Better safe than sorry! No one asks to be bullied but thanks to a few tips we can effectively break the cycle. In many cases, bullied people often turn into bullies themselves if they do not receive the appropriate help. Thanks to our Whiz Kid Program for tweens and teens and the Unplugged program for Digital Parents, we address cyber-bullying from both the child’s perspective and the parents.

Tips for Teens & Kids Who Experience Cyber-Bullying

1. Never Blame Yourself

When a person chooses to repeatedly attack or confront you online, always know that it is not your fault. Sometimes you may may disagree and argue with your friends or classmates, but continuous targeting is cyber-bullying and it is wrong.

2. Retaliation Is Not A Solution

When you respond to a bully and get lost in the aggression, you end up turning yourself into a bully too. If you come across a hurtful post or text and you get emotional, take a deep breath and stop yourself from responding immediately by thinking positively.

(PS: Try counting backwards or distracting yourself until you are calm enough to act appropriately)

3. Keep Records Of Everything

In case you did not know, the internet is forever. If you receive texts that you feel are bullying you ensure you save them as proof in case the situation worsens. For social media posts, taking screen shots and saving the posts also works as well.

4. Ask Them To Stop

Feel free to politely ask whoever is bullying you to stop. If you feel strong enough to talk to them, make sure you are clear and confident when you pass your message. You can try practicing with your friends or family before you do it.

5. Use Available Technology Tools

Most platforms today have blocking and reporting features. Save yourself unnecessary heartache by blocking the individual and reporting them though this is not a guarantee it will stop. If the threats are harmful or physical in nature or even sexual, ensure that your parents and or guardian are aware and ensure you report the matter to the police.

PS: Here is a pro Cyber Security Tip: NEVER EVER share your passwords with anyone even your best friends. 

Tips for Parents & Guardians To Help Deal With Cyber-Bullying

1. It Pays To Observe Your Child

Most teenagers and kids often choose to hide problems like bullying from their parents whether online or offline. So if you notice that your child is losing sleep or doesn’t seem as enthusiastic about school as before or appears to get stressed when on his or her computer or phone; ask them why as calmly and as open-heartedly as possible. Feel free to ask if it has anything to do with mean behavior or social issues. But even if it does, don not assume it’s bullying. You won’t know until you get the full story, starting with what your child is thinking and feeling.

2. Think Before You Leap

Whatever course of action you take must be well planned out. You must fight your inner “mama bear” or “daddy bear” and hold yourself back from any rash actions. This is because despite your intentions, you may end up worsening the entire situation if you do. Cyber-bullying is mostly psychological and involves putting down and excluding someone. It is modern day marginalization at it’s worst. Bullies often get a kick out of this and feel like it empowers them or improves their status. That is why discretion and tact are key.

3. Listen and Learn 

It is important to offer a listening ear to your child and learn as much as you can about what happened. It is vital to note that despite how sincere they may be, their account is only one side of the story. And often times online, a lot can happen or be misinterpreted. Be patient and gather all the facts in order to form a clear picture of what happened.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role as a parent is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

4. Helping Them Heal

Not all scars are visible, some run deep inside our beings. Cyber-bullying can do that to any person, young or old. When dealing with a child who has been bullied, they often have low self confidence and self esteem. Your role is to remind them of their worth and help restore their confidence. This requires patience and understanding and most of all love.

5. Remember There Are Always Silver Linings

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. The same applies to your kids. Nothing lasts forever and when they overcome this hurdle, as they sure will they will be much stronger than before.

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The Truth About Cyber-Bullying In Kenya

Cyber-bullying refers to the use of the Internet and/or mobile technology to harass, intimidate, or cause harm to another person. Despite the fact that  bullying is hardly a new social issue; thanks to technology advancements it has gradually evolved from the school environment and moved to social platforms. According to a report by the African Women and Children Feature Service, Kenyan schools report a much higher rate of bullying than the world average. As a social enterprise concerned with the provision of family based digital solutions, cyber-bullying is a topic we at Eveminet deal with regularly. We offer our expert insight on the face of this issue in our country and how we can combat it.

Popular Platforms Kenyans Use to Bully People Online

Many Kenyans today are either victims or perpetrators of cyber-bullying, knowingly or unknowingly. Thanks to increased digital penetration, more and more Kenyans are using digital social platforms to communicate and interact than ever before. Our world famous twitter community, commonly referred to as K.O.T. ( Kenyans On Twitter ) is one great example of how active we are online. Other famous platforms that have gained notoriety include Facebook Groups such as Kilimani Mums and Dads and Buyers Beware.

Some Famous Kenyan Victims of Cyber Bullying

Just recently, the Chief Justice of The Supreme Court of Kenya, David Maraga shared his frustrations over bloggers. He used the example of a viral meme to show how he has being harassed by bloggers and Kenyans online. His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta responded to him by saying,

Bwana CJ we tried passing some law to help us restrain these people (bloggers) but the court told us it was unconstitutional. Like the rest of us, get used to it .

H.E. President Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, during the Anti-Corruption Conference

He is just one among many public figures who has come to accept cyber-bullying as a way of life. Last year, gospel musician Jimmy Gait shared his personal experience on the issue. He says he almost quit music and killed himself because of it. Quite often, when a celebrities make mistakes, online audiences are quick to judge. Challenges and memes trend almost instantly and add salt to injury. Some of the issues raised are genuine and are meant to raise awareness but the message is often lost. The masses often deviate from the problem and end up causing more harm. A good example is the “KobiCat”Challenge. Kenyans exposed media personality Kobi Kihara for stealing content and faking her online image. She became the subject of multiple jokes and blogs in a twisted form of online revenge.

Recently, some negative comments on Willy Paul’s Instagram profile turned a moment of thanks into one of sadness. He had just survived a horrifying terror attack at the Dusit Hotel, that claimed many lives and injured many more. A large number of Kenyans took to the comment section of his posts to express their disappointment over his survival. The situation got worse when Kenyans took it a step further by sharing insensitive memes that went viral.

The Legal Impact of Cyber-Bullying in Kenya

In Kenya, freedom of expression is enshrined in our constitution under Article 33 and is a universal human right. According to the ICCPR, of which we are signatories; these rights come along with great “special duties and responsibilities” that may result in some limitations, such as respect of the rights or reputation of others.

The worst part about cyber-bullying is that many people gain confidence and hide behind their online personas because there are largely unaware that cyber-bullying laws exist. The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill 2018 came into effect last year May. Article 27 addresses what the issue of cyber harassment and under what grounds one may seek legal aid.

(2) A person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is liable, on conviction, to a fine not exceeding twenty million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding ten years, or to both.

Article 27 (2) of The Computer Misuse and Cyber Crimes Bill, Act No. 5 Of 2018, Laws of Kenya

Side Effects of Cyber-Bullying

Some of the effects of cyber bullying may have on an individual include:

  1. A drop in self-esteem;
  2. Withdrawal from society and family;
  3. Fear of gadgets, digital communication and social platforms;
  4. Avoiding work and school environments;
  5. Avoiding social events and gatherings;
  6. Losing weight or changing appearance to try and fit in;
  7. Inflicting self harm;
  8. Suicidal and violent thoughts;
  9. Personality shift i.e. anger, depression, crying, withdrawal

The Solution…

The only way to tackle cyber bullying is by creating awareness and promoting the importance of digital empathy and digital etiquette. By enforcing the same moral values we expect all people to abide by day to day online, we can ensure that we are collectively better behaved and mature when addressing posting content. And the only way for our children to embrace this, is if we lead by example. Read our article on 10 Ways We Can Prevent Cyber-Bullying in Kenya.

The 2019 Wiz Kids Programme

The Whiz Kids Programme

We are starting off the year with a big announcement! Whiz Kids Africa will be hosting a 10 week programme beginning this January. Set to kick off on Saturday the 19th, the workshop aims to help children between the ages of 7 and 17 years old in growing their digital expertise.

The program objectives are as follows:

  • To enable the child to self regulate their use of technology in a right way;
  • To help the child to be ethical and have considerate behavior online and offline;
  • To help the child respect their own as well as other’s privacy online;
  • To help the child demonstrate an awareness and compassion for the feelings,needs and concerns of others online;
  • To help the child manage their digital footprints and use technology in a manner that contributes to a positive reputation.
  • Help kids explore and exploit technology for self-development and personal growth.

The three main fields of focus are:

  1. Digital Citizenship
  2. Digital Creativity
  3. Digital Entrepreneurship

Digital Citizenship

Digital citizenship can be defined as the required methods and practices of appropriate and responsible behavior in relation to the use of technology.

Digital Creativity

This is the art of bringing ideas and imagination to life on digital platforms or through the use of technology. From Computer Art to Music, to Robotics and Animation; there are numerous creative avenues your child can explore. We teach Whiz Kids how to harness their creativity in a digital world.

Digital Entrepreneurship

Just like our children, the future of business and entrepreneurship is digital. Traditional business practices all over the world have been shifting towards social platforms, mobile innovations, cloud software, cyber solutions and analytics. This is so that they can better leverage modern technology for better business practices in the digital era we are living in.

Whiz Kids Africa Workshop

For our children to succeed in a modern world it is vital that they develop the necessary skills and mindsets. By teaching them on how to capitalize and harness the power of the internet economically, creatively and socially we are ensuring that they have all the relevant tools at their fingertips literally.

The programme will be carried out every Saturday from the 19th under the guidance of our top ICT Consultant Evelyn Kasina who has amassed international recognition for her great work in promoting Digital Literacy among children and parents/guardians. Each session will begin at 8:30 AM until 10: AM  for the first session and 10:30 AM to 12:30 AM for the second session at our offices, K.P. Offices, Suite 13, along Jakaya Kikwete Road.

Enroll your child today.

Kindly note that the program costs KES 14,000 per child, and the amount is payable through our M-PESA PAYBILL number  808768 account name, kindly insert the child’s name.

Click HERE for the sign up form.


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